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National Rum Day 2022: The Perfect Mai Tai


The Mai Tai is this timeless and elegant tropical cocktail that magnifies the flavour of rum. In this recipe, we use Appleton Estate Reserve 8-Year-Old Rum. You can also find this recipe in the Gentologie Magazine Issue 10. You want to subscribe? With the code MEN, get 20% off the Club by Gentologie subscription (it’s our subscription system) as part of the National Men’s Grooming month.

The 8 Year Old Appleton Estate Reserve Rum-based Mai Tai


The Mai Tai cocktail
Photo: Appleton Estate

For this National Rum Day, what could be better than a refreshing cocktail since this day is a very hot one.


  • 2 oz 8 Year Old Appleton Estate Reserve
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup
  • + Ice
  • + Lime shell and fresh mint sprig

Method to succeed the 8 Year Old Appleton Reserve 8 ans


The tools needed to create your Mai Tai
Photo: Appleton Estate

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice (crushed and cubes).
  2. Shake until chilled and pour into a double old fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish with one lime shell and fresh mint sprig.

Learn more about rum

Rum is a particular spirit, it is not, like whisky, very regulated. It’s quite open and the places that can produce rum are varied. Even the ingredients and the method are. Anyway, I learned a lot from this video by Anders Erickson.

He also speaks, at 3:10 p.m., of Appleton Estate rum, which is a blend of two distillation techniques. They combine traditional copper still distillation, which gives the rum its characteristic orange peel top note, and modern column still distillation to create a balanced rum rich in flavour. They don’t hide it either. Some distilleries are unfortunately not as transparent with the contents of their rum, as Mr. Erickson mentions in his video.

Happy National Rum day and enjoy your Mai tai tasting!

Founder & Editor In Chief of Gentologie

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